Food Allergies - When Food Attacks
What are common food allergies?
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, eight types of food account for 90% of food allergies. These foods are eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy. Other food allergies include cheese, food colors, yeast, caffeine, coffee, soda pop, beer, and chocolate.
What are the symptoms of food allergies?
Allergy symptoms can be a plethora of problems, such as Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, difficulty in losing weight, nausea, irritability, depression, heart palpitations, hives, sinus congestion, fatigue, watery eyes and anxiety. More serious symptoms might include wheezing, swelling of the tongue, or anaphylactic shock.
What can I do to help with my allergies?
Proper food combining may be beneficial when battling food allergies. The basic rules for food combining are:
• Eat acids (corn, meat, beans, fish, most grains, coffee, plums, cranberries, eggs, wine, sour cream, gravy) and starches (potato, pasta, flour, spaghetti, tapioca, yams, wild rice, rice flour, honey, maple syrup, and wheat) at separate meals. Acids neutralize the alkaline medium required for starch digestion and the result is fermentation and indigestion.
• Eat protein foods (milk, meat, eggs, cheese, beans nuts, seeds) and carbohydrate foods (bread, yams, potatoes, rice, muffins) at separate meals. Protein foods require an acid medium for digestion.
• Eat but one kind of protein food at a meal.
• Eat proteins and acid foods at separate meals. The acids of acid foods inhibit the secretion of the digestive acids required for protein digestion. Undigested protein putrefies in bacterial decomposition and produces some potent poisons.
• Eat fats and proteins apart from each other. Some foods, especially nuts, are over 50% fat and require hours for digestion.
• Eat sugars (fruits) and proteins at separate meals. When the two are put together in the same meal, bloating and gas occur.
• Eat sugars (fruits) and starchy foods at separate meals. Fruits undergo no digestion in the stomach and are held up if eaten with foods that require digestion in the stomach.
• Eat melons alone. They combine with almost no other food, because of the high water content.
• Desert the desserts. Eaten on top of meals they lie heavy on the stomach, requiring no digestion there, and ferment. Bacteria turn them into alcohols and vinegars and acetic acids.
What causes food allergies?
Scientists aren't sure about the exact causes of food allergies, but the following is a list of pre-disposing factors:
• diets high in refined carbohydrates
• food additives such as MSG
• insufficient zinc, magnesium and vitamins A and E in the diet
• diet high in hydrogenated fat
• chronic infections
• overuse of sugar
• poor liver function
• emotional stress
• digestive enzyme deficiency
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